Mohamed Salah voted BBC African Footballer of the Year for 2017

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Mohamed Salah, the Egyptian footballer who plays for Liverpool FC, has been crowned BBC African Footballer of the Year for 2017.

"Since I left Egypt, in my mind, I want to be the best Egyptian ever".

Every year, Africa's best player is named based on fans' votes.

He becomes the third Egyptian after Mohamed Barakat (2005) and Mohamed Aboutrika (2008) to win the award.

Salah is Egypt's fifth top scorer in history with 31 worldwide goals, surpassing Amr Zaki. "I'd like to thank everybody; my teammates and the people I work with".

Salah said: "I have always followed my way, and I want everyone in Egypt to follow my way".

Roma are entitled to receive a bonus of €1.5million as soon as Salah scores his 20th goal of the current campaign, which at the current rate will not take long in coming.

He was also influential as they ended their 28-year wait to feature in a World Cup, having a hand in all seven goals - scoring five - that saw the North African giants pip Uganda, Ghana and Congo-Brazzaville to a spot in Russian Federation.

Salah scored the latest of his ever-growing haul in a red shirt in his first Merseyside derby, a stunning curled strike after evading two Everton defenders with strength and skill.

He helped propel the "Pharaohs" in the final of the African Cup of Nations (CAN) earlier this year in Gabon and especially to qualify them for the World Cup, after 28 years of absence from the competition.

Salah has 19 goals for Liverpool this season, equalling his total from last season in Italy.

"I am very happy here at the club". "The good thing with him is he is still young, there is a lot of space for improvement and still a lot of potential for us to work on, but that's how it should be".